I found the week in Potsdam to be transformational on many levels, but perhaps most importantly it is a nurturing place that encourages us to open ourselves to what I can only describe as a spiritual, musical vulnerability. Whatever our dreams or professional goals might be, the essence of what we do as musicians goes far beyond the concrete or materialistic aspects of society and existence. Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith have created a space where young artists can come together in the pursuit of these ideals. And while a week may seem a short time, the truth is that a week like that will stay with you for the rest of your life, and inform your approach to music-making for years to come.    – Bridget Hough (pianist, 2012 & 2016 Fellowship Artist)